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The Music Dance Theatre cast in the American premiere of Frank Wildhorn's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO at Brigham Young University, 2015.

Music Dance Theatre

The Music Dance Theatre (MDT) program is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. It is a limited enrollment program designed to train performers for a career in musical theatre and related performance disciplines. The School of Music, the Department of Dance, and the Department of Theatre and Media Arts have combined their resources to create an accredited course of study by NASM, NASD, and NAST leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
  • "BYU has a real focus on all three areas; singing, dancing, and acting."

    BYU Alum Jeff Whiting Associate Director for Susan Stroman
  • "There is a real excitement and passion to grow theatre at BYU."

    Frank Wildhorn Broadway Composer

Annual guest performances and Master Classes from Broadway legends

BRAVO!, formerly known as the BYU Performing Arts Series, showcases world-class musicians, dancers and actors on campus. Visiting performers not only demonstrate their talents and tell captivating stories, but they also inspire students to improve their skills and increase their ambitions.

“Almost every person or company that visits as part of the series gives a lecture or teaches a master class,” said Jeff Martin, producer of the BRAVO! series. “It isn’t just about bringing people to do shows; it’s about encouraging connections and learning with professionals.”

MDT Training at Brigham Young University

The BFA in Music Dance Theatre (MDT) program at BYU takes a holistic approach to musical theatre training with extensive hours in the “triple threat” skills of acting, singing, and dancing.


Expert instruction in a variety of vocal styles inclusive of pop/belt, classical, and rock.


Extensive work in various styles of dance such as jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, ballroom, etc.


With an emphasis on Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Meisner, the acting component of the MDT program is closely aligned with the BFA in Acting also offered by the Theatre and Media Arts Department. 


Each year MDT produces one main stage performance as well as many secondary and workshop productions. More information can be found under Performance Opportunities on the menu bar.

Upcoming Performances